The friendly stylists at Xanadu Salon deftly shape, tint, and smooth bedraggled locks in a welcoming, canary-hued parlor filled with professional products. Owner Andrea Patterson, whose services are backed by a Master’s in business at Springfield College and an education at the American Beauty Academy, leads a team of stylists that caters to each client's individual hair needs. They accomplish this by vigilantly keeping gum away from locks, and, secondarily, by rendering an array of salon services. Massage therapists also pamper customers with oils from Arbonne and Therapro before bodywork sessions.
The owner of Ecocentric Salon & Spa understands that different haircuts require different kinds of stylists; a basic trim isn’t the same as a complete makeover. To make finding the right stylist easier, the owner has created a four-tier ranking system that positions stylists by their level of education, experience, and client satisfaction. All stylists use Aveda products plucked from dark wooden shelves, and natural light from a wall of towering windows helps stylists blend flattering shades of hair color and keep away nocturnal raccoons. Clients receive free neck and bang trims between regular services.
Down the hall, private treatment rooms admit clients for Aveda customized massages and botanically based mani-pedis. Before reentering the real world, clients can receive a makeup touchup with Aveda’s environmentally conscious line of cosmetics.
Weary muscles find respite under the trained hands of licensed massage therapist Laura. She customizes each massage to sweep away tension and soothe sore spots using a variety of techniques, hot stones, and aromatherapy. Her bodywraps showcase natural and delicious ingredients such as seaweed, volcanic mud, and essential oils, whereas her facials cleanse and nourish the skin with toners, masks, and moisturizers.
As a student athlete, Shannon Pannell often helped teammates ease their aches with a massage. It wasn’t until she spent nearly 20 years in the medical and business fields that she decided to switch careers and go to massage school. Now a licensed therapist, she unfurls Swedish, sports, and prenatal techniques to help her patients find relief from pain and stress.
With more than 40 years of experience between the two of them, Doctors of Chiropractic Brian Chandler and Robert LaDuca are well versed in combining state-of-the-art chiropractic treatments with personalized patient care. At Back in Action Chiropractic, their injury-rehabilitation center, they perform comprehensive adjustments by hand and machine to treat spine and joint trauma. They also lead a team consisting of a licensed acupuncturist and massage therapists, who ease tension with Swedish, deep-tissue, and trigger-point massages. The center also sells healthcare items, ranging from CryoDerm pain-relief products to orthotics.
Massage therapist Barb’s background in competitive fitness and her intuitive understanding of the mind and body informs her compassionate, holistic approach to massage. As she kneads aching muscles in a wide variety of modalities, Barb continually adjusts her technique in response to the client’s breathing, movements, and spontaneous operatic renditions of Figaro. In addition to common modalities such as Swedish and deep tissue, Barb performs foot reflexology, Thai massages, and Esalen massages, whose slow-moving rhythm reflects the body’s internal rhythms, balances chakras. Whatever the relaxation technique, she keeps 30-minute intervals between each session to ensure that each client gets both a full appointment and her complete attention.